Toyota's senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development said “I think we will possibly do it,” without offering any additional details. Nevertheless, many voices hint that the re-engineered hybrid powertrain will be the first taste of things to come from the Japanese carmaker's green motoring efforts. “The batteries will be renewed,” Saga concluded. “Everything will be revised, and I think we will come up with fuel economy that will surprise everyone.” Pretty bold statements right here, alright.
For the all-new generation Toyota Prius marketed under the 2016 model year, engineers are developing a modular platform known as TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture, which some say it will cut the new model's curb weight by nearly 20 percent compared to the outgoing model. Under the hood, the upcoming Prius will certainly get a new-generation gasoline mill which will boast more thermal efficiency than the current unit – 42 percent compared to the actual mill's 38.5 percent.
Details are still scant about the electric motor, but we expect that the 2016 Toyota Prius will push its fuel economy over the 55 mpg mark or 10 percent better efficiency than the current model. This purely subjective presumption is based on the fact that Prius mpg figures have improved on average by about 10 percent generation-over-generation to date. As if that wasn't enough, a new power electronics chip using silicon carbide as the substrate might be on the menu as well, while Toyota Motor Sport team principal Yoshiaki Kinoshita told Drive.com.au a little while back that supercapacitor technology may be added to the mix.